Critter Control of Greater Dallas

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Texas defines nuisance wildlife as animals that pose a threat to humans, cause damage to your home or property, or become annoying. We have raccoons, snakes, opossums, skunks, rodents, rabbits, squirrels, bats, and many other nuisance wildlife in Dallas. You may think you can handle nuisance wildlife and that you can get rid of them yourself. Before you do, check out the Texas laws regarding removal and relocation.

If an animal is a high risk for carrying a disease, transporting it is a class C misdemeanor in Texas. Plus, capturing and handling nuisance wildlife can be dangerous and gross. At Critter Control, we use a process that follows Texas laws and is safe for you and the animal. We provide inspection, removal, and repairs. Below are examples of how we’ve handled Texas wildlife in the past.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

The rats trying to live in your Dallas home are either the Norway rat or the roof rat, also known as the black rat. The house mouse is also a common unwanted resident that sneaks out at night to gather food and nesting materials. You may not ever see rodents on your property, but the signs they leave behind are evidence of their destructive behaviors.

Rats like to create burrows in your yard and will gnaw just about anything, including wires, siding, pipes, garden hoses, and any wood. Mice inside your home will chew holes in your cabinets to get to your pantry foods, baseboards, vents, screens, and anything they need to survive.

Mice can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, and rats can fit through a hole the size of a golf ball. Holes you may never notice are entry points for rodents that carry diseases. We can help eliminate your rodent problem. Because rats and mice multiply often, the sooner you call, the better.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons in Dallas are nocturnal bandits that roam the neighborhoods tipping over trash cans and scattering garbage with their nimble, human-like hands. They can travel up to six miles and create multiple nesting spots to rest. Sure, they’re cute but also very destructive. They can open dumpsters searching for food scraps, dig holes in your yard searching for insects, raid your garden for fruits and vegetables, and climb up your chimney and into your home when it’s time to sleep.

Once in your home, raccoons can shred drywall, chew through wires, scratch flooring, and use insulation to create a nest. If they decide to build a nest in your chimney or vents, you are at risk for fire hazards. When Critter Control is called for raccoon removal, we show up prepared.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply sanitization agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels in Texas that are common to Dallas neighborhoods include the ground, flying, and tree squirrel varieties. Squirrel watching is an activity in Texas because squirrels are everywhere. They are busy, too, searching for foods they love, like nuts, seeds, grains, bird eggs, fruits, vegetables, and some bark.

Squirrels spend most of their time collecting foods to store for winter months and nest-building materials. They carry their collections into your home via the chimney, vents, or small holes or cracks that seem insignificant.

Once in your home, squirrels will wreak havoc, making your attic their winter haven. Expect chewed wires, shredded insulation, and if you have sentimental objects not correctly stored, it could become part of their nest. To control a nuisance squirrel, here’s what we do.

Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

Opossum Removal

Opossums are more of a nuisance than a real danger. An opossum tends to live in woodland areas. However, this animal will visit the city to hunt for birds, mice, and insects (as ominvores they eat almost anything). Opossums will use attics, crawlspaces and the areas under sheds and porches as dens.

Exclusion work is usually the most effective method to keep opossums away, like sealing entry points to prevent entry to attics and crawl spaces. Securing potential food sources, like pet food and garbage also helps. Scare devices only provide temporary solutions.

Inspection

Inspection

Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building be found and secured to prevent new opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Repairs

Repairs

Broken screens on chimney and roof vent are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and sanitize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.
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The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
Financing Available Critter Control offers in-house financing. Both standard and 90-day same as cash financing options have 12-,18-,24-, or 36-month options. Some projects might qualify for a budgeted plan up to 60 months.
Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.

Q&A With Local Greater Dallas Critter Control Experts

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?

We have the most problems with rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Dallas?

Summer is a season of building nests and preparing for fall, winter, and the next spring season. Fall, winter, and spring are seasons of elevated animal activity in homes.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Pathways in insulation, as well as tunnels, nests, feces and urine stains.

Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?

Keep property in good condition. Dilapidated properties have a tendency to have more animal entry points. Keeping trash and clutter cleaned out is essential to prevent animal shelter and the gathering of nesting material.

When should homeowners call you?

Homeowners should call Critter Control when animal issues are suspected or for simple peace of mind, as inspections are free.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Animal Intrusion Prevention Systems Holding Company, LLC, dba Critter Control of Greater Dallas.
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